The circus seal we often see balancing a ball on its nose and jumping through hoops is typically a California sea lion. But in the wild, the California sea lion is a sleek animal that is faster than any other sea lion or seal. They have been known to reach speeds up to 25 miles (40 kilometers) an hour! Unlike other sea lions, California sea lions do not have lion-like manes and live along the rocky Pacific Ocean coastlines of western North America and also near Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. These people were about two miles off the coast of Newport Beach, California when this baby sea lion spotted this passenger boat. The sea lion was probably tired from swimming and ended up boarding the boat. What he did for the next hour will amaze you!
Muslims are not a destructive minority here in North America but an integral part of the Americas even before Columbus
Muslims are not a destructive minority here in North America but an integral part of the Americas even before Columbus!!! Did you know that Amir Abdur-Rahman Ibrahim Sori, a West African Prince and leader of a huge army, was captured, brought to Mississippi in 1788, remained 40 yrs as a slave and eventually won his freedom? ” Look at this amazing depiction of the 18th Century with the actual Arabic writing of Abdur Rahman!
By: Waleed S. Ahmed
The city of Toronto has many distinctions; the CN Tower, Skydome – the crack smoking escapades of its mayor – just to name few. One distinction, unbeknownst to many, is the city’s unique position in Islamic history. Toronto is one of the few cities, if not the only, which hosts mosques that simultaneously follow all permutations of moonsighting opinions that have ever existed in Islam’s legal history; local sighting, global, Saudi-sighting, astronomical calculations – perhaps there are more. This represents a trend which has become common occurrence across much of the North America; Muslim communities split along lines of lunar dogmatism.
So, how did we get here? In 2006 the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) decided to switch to astronomical calculations, as opposed to moon sighting, as a means of tabulating the Islamic calendar. The unprecedented decision led to a considerable degree of controversy due to its unorthodoxy. However, what is not as well known is the history and the context which lead to this decision. I had the unique opportunity to sit with Shaykh Abdullah Idris Ali, former President of ISNA, who shared with me a brief history of the moonsighting methods employed and what eventually lead to the current climate.
Individually, Monarch butterflies are orange and black, but when they mass for migration they fill the air with color. Their migration path covers a large part of North America and is prompted by the sensitivity of the butterflies to cold. In warmer areas the butterflies overwinter in large groups that may cover whole trees.